Saturday, 15 June 2013 20:04

Wood not so green a biofuel

Using wood for energy is considered cleaner than fossil fuels, but a Dartmouth College-led study finds that logging may release large amounts of carbon stored in deep forest soils. The results appear in the journal Global Change Biology-Bioenergy Global atmospheric…
Two people were injured, one of them seriously, in an accident at a power plant that burns wood chips and other waste to produce electricity. Amador County Undersheriff Jim Wegner said investigators think "catastrophic mechanical failure" caused a boiler at…
On April 6, a letter from Fred Charles was printed against the proposed biomass project that NESCO in Washington wants to build right across Highway 66 from houses. It needs a $30 million grant subsidy from the government to do…
Tougher and tougher emissions limits on engines are forcing manufacturers to also change other parts of their machines. The new Vermeer HG6000 grinder gives a more homogenous result. Vermeer is an American manufacturer of grinders and chippers for biofuel. When…
In order to meet the European Union's goal of 20% renewables by 2020, some European utility companies are moving away from coal and replacing it with wood pellet fuel. The idea is simple: trees will regrow and recapture the carbon…
The use of biomass and recycled fuels speeds up corrosion, resulting in a significantly shorter superheater lifetime. Unmanaged corrosion also leads to failure risks and unplanned shutdowns. Dealing with corrosion is a cost for power producers. The Metso Corrosion Management…
Two processes that turn woody biomass into transportation fuels have the potential to exceed current Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements for renewable fuels, according to research published in the Forest Products Journal and currently featured on its publications page. A…
Using biomass and waste to generate electricity and district heat reduces CO2 emissions significantly For the second time in a row, Metso's innovative technology has played a major role in winning the Climate Action of the Year Award in Finland.…
Renewable energy company, Estover Energy, has today announced plans to develop a £65 million biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant in the South East, making a positive impact upon the region’s renewable energy sector and creating jobs. The specialist…
Tops and branches from tree-felling sites are reborn in the laboratory as compact pellets. However, the energy industry will not act until the price is right. We have all seen it when we walk in the forest after the lumberjacks…
While advanced biofuel production expansion seems to be moving along at a snail’s pace, there are positive signs of progress. “The cliché about this is that it’s always five years away. Five years ago, it was five years away, and…
Angry residents are considering their next move after district councillors gave the go-ahead for a controversial ‘green’ power station on the edge of Sutton Bridge. Villagers have been invited to attend an extraordinary meeting of the parish council at the…
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